If you’d like to stand for a senior College role such as President or Vice President, you will need to become a Fellow first.
If you are working in a substantive, non-training post, and are not on the GMC or IMC specialist register in paediatrics but have achieved distinction you can apply for Fellowship via election.
Examples of distinction include:
- Several first-named articles in international peer reviewed journals
- National service development leadership roles, which will be judged on what is thought to be achievable locally
- Examiner Elect for the College
Please note you will need two scanned signed letters of support from RCPCH Fellows (one proposer must be resident in the UK) to upload with your application.
Membership subscriptions 2021
|Country of residence||Annual subscription|
|Rest of Europe and North America||£422|
|Rest of world (middle upper income)||£277|
|Rest of world (middle lower income)||£212|
- Use of FRCPCH designation
- FRCPCH lapel pin
- Fellowship certificate
- Voting rights
- Representation on Council
- Regional support
- Listing on online members' directory
- Use of the members’ room in RCPCH London office
- Opportunities to apply for senior College posts, including President and Vice President
- Exclusive Fellowship events
- TOTUM PRO eligibility
Resources and communications
- Subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood journal
- Milestones, quarterly magazine
- Monthly members' eBulletin
- Full access to the Child Protection Portal, including the Companion and other resources
- Continuing professional development (CPD) tools and advice (£205 to non-members)
- Revalidation support
- Reduced fees for the RCPCH Conference and other courses and events.
Application process and requirements
Before applying, please read the membership bye-laws and regulations.
You’ll need to provide two letters of support from current Fellows of the College, at least one of whom must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
You’ll also need to complete the Fellowship via election distinction form (download below) which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have contributed to paediatrics and child health. When you have completed the form, you will need to upload it as part of your online application. Examples of evidence of distinction are:
- Examiner or Examiner Elect for the College
- At least three years working in a substantive, non-training post
- Postgraduate qualification in paediatrics and child health or an allied specialty, eg MRCPCH, PhD, MD
- Publications on which you are a first-named author on several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Archives of Disease in Childhood - you should list three most important publications in your application
- National service development leadership roles, such as work on medical campaigns or with medical charities, eg UNICEF, WHO, Red Cross or other major medical charities - you will need to list these in your application
- Service improvement initiatives
- Local leadership roles
- Quality Improvement initiatives
- Leadership of specialised organisations
- Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and education work
You can download our guidance for applicants below.
The deadline for the next round of applications is TBA.
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